Eight prep athletes have been selected as the state's "Cream of the Crop," an honor given to the top student athletes in Utah.

The eight seniors - one male and one female from each of the state's four school-size classifications - were chosen for their excellence in academics, athletics and activities.Honored at a luncheon Wednesday in Salt Lake City were Marc Hagen, Brighton; Michelle Spangenthal, Clearfield; Randy Reid, Spanish Fork; Jodiann Ferre, Ogden; Jim Ray, San Juan; DeAnn Thurman, South Sevier; Vernon Hatch, Rich; and Rebecca Johnson, North Sevier.

The eight were selected by the Utah High School Activities Association, with the "Cream of the Crop" award sponsored by the Utah Dairy Commission.